Monday, September 15, 2014

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Our summer in California is coming to an end.  It did not go as planned (does anything ever go as planned) but it was a good summer.  I had a lot of grandbaby time and my friend Robin and I did some art and we "pole walked", a skill I will be taking home with me.

 One of the most exciting things that happened occurred on a trip to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles ( .  I saw a post that they had a TECHstyle Art Exhibit ( TECHstyle Art Biennial 3 )  opening and mentioned it to Tom, he was willing to go so we set off on an adventure.  It is a lovely museum, dedicated to quilts and textiles and we saw 3 exhibits.  The first was of water color quilts made up of an astounding number of prints.  The second was  three women artists and their comments on what it means to be a woman (portrayed in altered clothing), becoming healthy (beautiful swimming quilts) and not fitting in (the third artist had been surgically altered as a child to make her shorter) it was very moving. Here is the outside of the museum

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

The third, and main, exhibit was the Tech Style exhibit, it was wonderful.  Many different types of textile art, weaving, crochet, quilting, image transfer, altered objects.  There had all been made using modern technology somewhere in the process.  some included sound, laser light patterns, photo technology and multimedia items, it was wonderful, even Tom enjoyed it.  This was one of my personal favorites.  Images taken of the changing shadows of the artists car while driving along, printed on fabric, enhanced and connected with plastic ties.

While I was there, one of the volunteers likes an amulet bag that I had made and introduced me to Louise Horkey, the Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator.  We agreed to meet later in the week to look over my "stuff" and possibly place it in the gift store on consignment.  I am still "over the moon" as my friend Cheryl likes to say.  Louise took nine of my amulet bags on consignment so now I can say..."as seen in the San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles ", how cool is that?!

Me and my Amulet bags on display

It is a great little museum and I heartily recommend it if you are in the area.

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